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    Herbold.Bruce May 26, 2006, 1:02 a.m. (Message 45381)

    I may have found it!!!  The Braes of Mellinish might be the hills around 
    Loch Linnie.  There was a Laird of Mellin, whose estates were outside of 
    Perth and so the hills would have been sort of Mellinish -- don't ya 
    think?  According to legend...
    
    Perth
    has long been known as the 'bonnie toun' on account of its lovely women. 
    This dates back to the time of King Arthur. When he first ascended to his 
    throne, he dispatched heralds to summon the most beautiful maidens in the 
    land to Camelot to attend the first Tournament of his Knights of the Round 
    Table. The fairest of all the girls that he saw there was Lady Guinevere, 
    from Perth. It is said that he fell in love with her almost at first 
    sight, and would not rest until she consented to become his bride. But her 
    father, Hamish, Laird of Mellin, set him a task to perform to prove his 
    worthiness before he would consent to the marriage. Arthur was asked to 
    swim across Loch Linnie in the cold of December. So on the appointed day, 
    Arthur went to the shore of the loch, stripped off his tunic and hose, and 
    waded into the icy water. On Merlin's advice, he chose a part of the shore 
    where the loch was narrow, and succeeded in reaching the other side in 
    less than a minute, thus avoiding hypothermia. There is a children's 
    rhyme"Frae Perth came Guinevere, to make the King revere, He saw her face 
    in the Loch of the north, and never went more forth" 
    
    Okay, okay, now I'm going back to work.

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